Home & Design - Editor's Message
Last June, Home & Design sponsored the MADE: In America awards, which recognize U.S. home furnishings companies that value fine local craftsmanship. During the event held at Woodlawn, a 19th-century treasure that was once part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, we saluted this year’s awardees—Maya Romanoff and Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. We also had a chance to try out EF+LM’s special red, white and blue “bipartisan sofa” before the piece was delivered to the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The gesture was meant to emphasize the importance of keeping jobs in America as well as promote cooperation on both sides of the aisle. Four members of the House actually accepted an invitation to sit on the sofa in a sign that bipartisanship is alive and well—at least when it comes to great seating.
It is no wonder that products crafted by these and past MADE: In America winners, including Niermann Weeks, Century, Duralee and Hickory Chair, frequently appear in the homes we feature in the magazine. Designers understand the value of handcrafted, quality production and trust that these homegrown pieces will withstand the test of time.
The architects and builders whose work we cover in this special Architecture issue also understand the notion well. Whether designing a custom home from the ground up or masterminding a renovation, they turned to seasoned artisans to help them create the precision millwork, masonry, ironwork detail and soaring staircases that make their projects sing. Dramatically different in style, Mark McInturff’s modern Lutherville home, Travis Price’s West Virginia retreat, Patrick Latessa’s stunning Great Falls project and Ankie Barnes’s seamless Georgetown renovation all place a premium on custom schemes that yielded impeccable results.
Like a fine piece of furniture, these hand-hewn features instill a home with a sense of ingenuity and craftsmanship that can’t be easily imitated. As someone who merely crafts words for a living, I celebrate the talent of architects, builders, furniture-makers and artisans who can marry function and beauty in such enduring forms.
Sharon Jaffe Dan
Editor in Chief
Home & Design
A summer evening at Woodlawn in Alexandria, site of the MADE: In America awards. Photo by Bob Narod.